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Bryan McCabe (born June 8, 1975) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey defenceman and team captain of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Drafted out of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 40th overall by the New York Islanders in 1993, McCabe competed in the 1995 Memorial Cup and was named to back-to-back WHL First All-Star Teams during his major junior career. He began his NHL career with the Islanders before stints with the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks. In 2000–01, McCabe began a seven-season tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he has played the majority of his career.

Internationally, McCabe competes for Team Canada, winning gold medals at the 1997 World Championships, 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championships and the 1992 Pacific Cup. He is also a one-time Olympian, having represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turinmarker.

Playing career

McCabe began playing junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 1991–92. After one and a half seasons in Medicine Hat, he was traded to the Spokane Chiefs. He completed the 1992–93 season with 60 points in 60 games split between the Tigers and Chiefs. That summer, he was drafted in the second round, 40th overall, by the New York Islanders in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Upon being drafted, he returned to the Chiefs in 1993–94 and put up a junior career high 84 points in 64 games. In McCabe's fourth and final year of junior, he was sent to the Brandon Wheat Kings for the remaining 20 games of the 1994–95 season. He put up a total of 69 points in 62 games as was chosen as a First-Team WHL All-Star.

In 1995–96, McCabe began his NHL career with the Islanders. He recorded 23 points in his rookie season before being traded midway through his third year in New York with Todd Bertuzzi and a third round draft pick in 1998 (Jarkko Ruutu) to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Trevor Linden. He played one and a half seasons with the Canucks before being shipped to the Chicago Blackhawks on draft day in a bid by Brian Burke to draft the Sedin twins second and third overall. McCabe was packaged with Vancouver's first round draft pick in 2000 in exchange for Chicago's first round draft pick in 1999.

After a 6-goal, 25-point campaign with the Blackhawks in 1999–00, McCabe was traded once again, on October 2, 2000, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Alexander Karpovtsev and a fourth round draft choice (Vladimir Gusev) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

McCabe found his stride in Toronto and built on a 17-goal, 43-point breakout season in 2001–02, with 53 points two seasons later, culminating in a fourth place finish in Norris Trophy voting Second Team All-Star honours.

As NHL play was suspended due to the 2004–05 lockout, he signed with HV71 of the Swedishmarker Elitserien. McCabe struggled with HV71 and exercised an escape clause in his contract before a game against Södertälje SK where he was scheduled to be a healthy scratch. He had one goal, no assists, 30 penalty minutes, and a -12 rating over ten games.

When NHL play resumed the following season, McCabe emerged with a career high 19 goals, 49 assists and 68 points in 73 games with the Maple Leafs. He finished the season third overall in points among defencemen, behind Nicklas Lidström and Sergei Zubov.Near the beginning of the season, McCabe was recognized as the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the week of November 13-19, 2005, and was later named as a reserve on Team Canada's 2006 Olympic team in Turinmarker.

Following McCabe's career year, McCabe and the Leafs signed a five-year deal worth $28.75 million on June 28, 2006 with a no-movement clause. He put up 57 points in 82 games the following season.

On October 15, 2007, McCabe scored in his own net during the dying seconds of overtime while playing the Buffalo Sabres. The goal was credited to Aleš Kotalík.

In 2007–08, McCabe was the focus of numerous trade rumours, but he refused to waive his no-trade clause. Numerous media outlets reported that he would waive it once the Leafs paid him a $2 million signing bonus due on September 1, 2008. As such, McCabe was traded to the Florida Panthers on September 2, the day after receiving his bonus. He was sent with a fourth round draft pick in 2010 in exchange for defenceman Mike Van Ryn.

On September 23, 2009, McCabe was named the team captain of the Florida Panthers.

International play

While in junior, McCabe was a member of three gold medal-winning Canadian teams, the first of which was at the 1992 Pacific Cup in Japanmarker. The under-18 tournament was in just its second year of what is now known as the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. at the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championships. In 1995, he was named to the tournament All-Star Team and was honoured as Best Defenceman after posting 12 points in 7 games.

After joining the NHL, McCabe appeared in three consecutive World Championships, in 1997, 1998, and 1999, capturing gold in 1997.

On December 21, 2005, McCabe was named as a reserve for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics at Turin, Italymarker. On February 2, 2006, he was moved from the reserves to the official roster to replace an injured Ed Jovanovski. Team Canada would fail to defend its 2002 Olympic gold medal and was eliminated by Russia in the quarter-finals.

Off the ice

McCabe has a wife named Roberta and together they have two daughters named Stevie and Sam. They have a home on Long Island, New Yorkmarker.

McCabe also played for the North York Astros, a Canadian soccer team during the 2005 NHL Lockout.

Awards and achievements

WHL

International

NHL

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Calgarymarker AAHA 33 14 34 48 55
1991–92 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 68 6 24 30 157 4 0 0 0 6
1992–93 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 14 0 13 13 83
1992–93 Spokane Chiefs WHL 46 3 44 47 134 6 1 5 6 28
1993–94 Spokane Chiefs WHL 64 22 62 84 218 3 0 4 4 4
1994–95 Spokane Chiefs WHL 42 14 39 53 115
1994–95 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 20 6 10 16 38 18 4 13 17 59
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 82 7 16 23 156
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 82 8 20 28 165
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL 56 3 9 12 145
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 1 11 12 64
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 7 14 21 120
1999–00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 6 19 25 139
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 5 24 29 123 11 2 3 5 16
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 17 26 43 129 20 5 5 10 30
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 6 18 24 135 7 0 3 3 10
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 16 37 53 86 13 3 5 8 14
2004–05 HV71 SEL 10 1 0 1 30
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 19 49 68 116
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 15 42 57 115
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 5 18 23 81
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 69 15 24 39 41
NHL totals 986 130 327 457 1615 51 10 16 26 70
WHL totals 254 51 192 243 745 31 5 22 27 97


International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Canada U18 3 1 1 2 4
1994 Canada WJC 7 0 0 0 6
1995 Canada WJC 7 3 9 12 4
1999 Canada WC 10 1 3 4 10
2006 Canada Oly 6 0 0 0 18
Int'l totals 33 5 13 18 42


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